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Blessings. . .SPope
They did it again.
The Lance staff, lazy as usual took a week’s vacation and
did not bother to tell me.
There I was last Wednesday night, all ready to write another
column and the Editor broke the news to me.
I swear, that staff is about as consistent as the food people
And while we’re on the subject (talk about hokey openings),
did anybody notice the unsupper we had last Sunday night?
Just like home cooking - leftovers.
My roommate started the rumor that the Pakistanis were
fisting to Improve conditions here.
Speaking of the fast (Lord, where does he get it?), I heard the
story that a non-faster tried to give a faster five dollars for the
cause and was questioned. Seems the faster didn’t want the
money of a non-faster.
There’s some kind of logic in all of that, but I'll never be
able to figure it out.
I’ll have to start using a star-dash (***) from now on ‘cause
I can’t think of any other way to tie the rest of these ramb
ling thoughts together.
Maintenance came by to fix my air conditioning the other
day, or at least I think they came by. The evidence points
pretty heavily in that direction because, now, instead of just
blowing air my air conditioning is putting out heat.
Keep up the good work guys, your speed and endurance
will pay off some day, like when they reinstate the Pony Ex
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To the Seniors:
I’ve got a suggestion for the graduation committee. Why
don’t you set the date for graduation for December 11?
If you think about it. It really makes a lot of sense. For one
thing it won’t be as hot, so you don’t have to dread that muggy
last walk across the causewalk. With the brisk, cool weather
we’ve been having lately, there is no doubt in my mind that the
class would quicklym^ethat walk.
And maybe for a change we’d be unified, if for nothing else,
then just for warmth.
The speeches wouldn’t be as long, because only a fool would
speak for more than two minute in the breeze that sweeps
across that lake.
The best part of all would be that we would get out of second
It’s just a suggestion, but I think it would work. Think about
About second semester senior C&C anyway, if the popula
tion people are right, then we have no future to look forward
to. Therefore, the course has no real purpose.
Think I’ll just hand in a blank 25 page paper and say that’s
what the future looks like to me.
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Why don’t they let children have a childhood anymore?
The other day I picked up a comic book to read and the darn
thing was so relevant that it was sickening. The story was
something about Santa Claus taking away Christmas if the
public did not clean up the environment.
I’m all for education and all the bull that goes with It, but
don’t people realize that children need a way to escape too?
No wonder we aren’t going to last much longer, they’re mak
ing people grow up too fast now. By the time a kid’s 14, he
has already faced most of the major problems of life.
That’s a said and scary state of affairs.
I’m 22 and stUl believe in Santa Claus. He’s about the only
thing we have left.
The Fast: Some Issues, Some
Problems And Contradictions
BY MARSHALL GRAVELY
A great deal of noise and
much ado has been made about
the Wednesday fast for the bene
fit of the East Pakistanis who
starving. This whole issue
brlngs to mind several
blems and contradictions.
The posters for this effort
nine million starving peo
ple to be the greatest natural
disaster of modern times.
Greater than World Wars I and
II? Hardly. The persecution of
the East Pakistanis does not
even rival that of the Jews by
It is also claimed that these
people are Innocent victims,
which Is also untrue. The Ben
galis voted en masse for Sheik
Mujlb and his party with the
full knowledge that he intended
to secede from West Pakistan
if not allowed to take over the
The history of Pakistan is
one long series of clashes be
tween West and East. Several
incidents of massacre and geno
cide are already recorded. This
civil war is not different, only
larger. Actually, the Bengalis
are winning, because the army
has not crushed them already.
The fact that nine million are
starving anyway can be ques
tioned. India’s government does
not plan to let them starve be
cause they represent an issue
against West Pakistan.
There are several problems
with the fast itself, though.
First is the idea that it is
really no sacrifice because it
lasts only one day. Further
more, the Pakistanis don’t care
if you fast—they just need the
money to buy food, however it’s
gotten. They won’t even know
Disappointments Of A
I am directing my criticisms
to the readers of this paper
hoping that whoever is in charge
will notice this letter and pro
pose a solution.
I know that many readers are
aware of the glories of eating.
“I’m not talking about hate.
No, I’m talking about eight. Din
ner at eight! Let’s eatl” Yes,
gluttony is fun! When I came to
St. Andrews they told me I
could be a glutton without any
hassles. “You canhaveasmuch
as you want!” was what all the
upper classmen told me. “More
Sugar!” I thought, and with a
hollow leg, I enrolled in St.
Andrews. Now that I have my
schedule of classes all moni-
ing til the conclusion of STMS at
1:30,1 have found that the “peo
ple” whoever they are have ar
ranged things so that by the
time I have stood in line and
eaten my first helping of lunch,
a big fat woman is standing in
the door waiting for me to ap
proach her so that she can have
the pleasure of closing the door
in my face. I acknowledge that
being a servant offers little re
ward, challenge or stimulation,
and these people must have
something to do for fun, but I
feel cheated now that my parent?
have paid money so that I could
eat, and things have not quite
worked out that way. I am not
complaining about the quality of
the food. Usually the meals are
adequate. With the exception of
the glass in my “make your own
sundae” on Saturday night, and
the cottage cheese and garlic
In the roquefort dressing, the
food is usually quite adequate.
I do not believe It is the fault
of the seiners either. They are
only human, and while their job
is one which must l)e terribly
boring, they do It well enough,
I guess. I doubt that it ts pos
sible to open another line for
lack of room, but I would sug
gest an extension of hours; Con
tinental brealcfast till 10 a.m.,
lunch till 2;30, dinner till 7:30
“Yes dear friends. I’m
marching to dinner cause God-
a-mighty I’m hungry, we’re all
hungry. So, let’s eat. Ah, the
glories of food!” Many readers
may feel this trivial because
of the many starving people all
over the world. I acknowledge
them, but fortunately for me my
parents have provided me with
the privilege of gluttony, and
since they have paid for this,
I feel quite cheated that things
haven’t worked out.
you fasted. They just need food.
Why then the fast? It seems
it exists mostly because of ttie
collective guilty consciences of
students here. They feel that a
three-meal fast will become a
highly symbolic sacrifice full
of higher meaning and deeply
appreciated by the East Pakis
tani beneficiaries. A one-day
fast amounts to nothing. The
time would be better spent can-
vassing the area for contri
The largest problem is that
the Fast aims only at East
Pakistan where “people are
starving.” People are starving
or suffering in this county and
all over the South as well as in
Pakistan. Why not fast for them,
It could l)e that Pakistan is
remote from us and a real
personal involvement is not re
quired. We don’t have to see
the starving millions, just feel
On the positive side, the Fast
represents an idealistic effort
that needs further continuation.
As it is, many thousands of
people in peaceful India starve
each year, also. There are
starving people in Biafra, the
Middle East, Southeast Asia,
and everywhere else.
It seems that the only real
problem that makes this effort
fail to Inspire one is the sym
bolism and sense of sacrifice
attached to it. Fast, sure; but
don’t get all caught up in the
greatness of your effort.
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